My Latest Visitor Spot on Sley Home Publishing’s Literary Podcast (— plus a brief private replace)


A really heat hi there to you, expensive reader!

On this publish I will be breaking the fourth wall a bit to speak with you about two thrilling updates from behind the scenes at Oldstyle Tales Press.

The primary is to share that I used to be honored and excited to be requested to take a seat in on two episodes of the Sley Home Publishing podcast, “Lit Bits.”

Sley Home is an up and coming new press that focuses on sci-fi, fantasy, horror, thriller, and thrillers, and their podcast dives deep into examples of the Speculative Fiction style starting from Edith Wharton and Bram Stoker to the The Maltese Falcon and The Bride of Frankenstein, bringing delicate and well timed criticism to those classics. Additionally they interview dwelling authors and figures within the publishing trade, so please give them a comply with and a hear!

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Earlier this 12 months they have been beneficiant sufficient to ask me on for 2 episodes which aired just a few months again. The primary one targeted on what Oldstyle Tales Press is all about: why and the way I do what I do. We go into its origin story, scope and focus, and tons of behind the scenes processes (e.g., how I do these white-on-black illustrations). In the event you’d be excited about listening to extra about this straight from the horse’s mouth, you possibly can take heed to me speak with the fellows about this right here:



Within the second episode, we seemed carefully on the Victorian ghost story, its cultural context and tropes, and used two case research from my first e book The Finest Victorian Ghost Stories, to probe these points: M. R. James’ ghoulish “Misplaced Hearts,” and Edith Nesbit’s gory “The Thriller of the Semi-Indifferent.” We talk about completely different interpretations of those tales and why they may shock us with their subversiveness and emotional energy. If you would like to listen to us dig deeply into the overarching style of the Victorian ghost story in addition to these two exemplars, you possibly can test them out right here:



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(Sley Home Publishing’s evocative background banner might simply have come from the scene of a Victorian ghost story — particularly “Misplaced Hearts”)

The second replace that I wished to present you, briefly, is to thanks all on your persistence as we reshape and reimagine what Oldstyle Press shall be doing sooner or later. Due to your assist, I used to be in a position to make this my full-time supply of earnings final September, permitting me to remain house with my two 12 months previous daughter.

It is approaching a 12 months, now, and I will write you extra about that quickly, however as I really feel out the work/house steadiness that I can strike for my second 12 months as a stay-at-home-parent/full-time-publisher, I respect your persistence as weblog posts and books may be trickling in a bit extra slowly.

In fact, there are tons of tasks which might be at present within the works:

  • New traditional horror books and anthologies within the works

  • A brand new line of traditional journey novels, like Treasure Island and Robin Hood

  • Three new ghost tales that I’ve written for Hallowe’en

  • A whole assortment of my very own supernatural tales that can be purchased in paperback

  • And a number of other thrilling tweaks to the web site and our operations

Briefly, whereas I have been quieter than normal lately, issues are shifting in a short time over right here, and I can not wait to share what I am engaged on with you all. Within the meantime, if you’re so inclined, please give these podcast episodes a hear (if solely to listen to what I sound like and to study a bit extra about what it was that annoyed me a lot that I made a decision to start out this web site!), and take a look at our nice new mates at Sley Home Publishing. Lengthy might they print.

Signing off and receding again behind the fourth wall once more, I stay yours very gratefully,

Michael Grant Kellermeyer

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